Environmental Issues in the Cannabis Industry: Evolving Regulations and Litigation for Marijuana, CBD, and Hemp

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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This CLE webinar will address environmental law issues affecting the cannabis industry. The panel will discuss ongoing state agency enforcement actions, private litigation under civil RICO and state laws such as California's Prop 65, compliance with environmental regulations--such as those for pesticides, water, and air--and best practices for addressing toxic tort and product liability litigation to mitigate clients' environmental risks.

Description

The expansion of marijuana's legal status nationwide has positioned the cannabis industry for massive growth and fueled a surge in cannabis-related business opportunities. But the division between state and federal status makes it difficult to navigate the many environmental law issues facing the industry.

Marijuana, hemp and CBD related businesses and their vendors face many environmental-related risks and issues. From water law compliance for cannabis cultivators to air quality issues for manufacturers, to product warnings, the environmental regulatory landscape continues to evolve and impacts cannabis-related business throughout the supply chain.

In addition to government regulation, private litigation against marijuana, hemp and CBD related businesses related to environmental issues continues to grow, as plaintiffs file suits under civil RICO and state laws like Prop 65.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses environmental law issues faced by cannabis-related business. The panel will explore ongoing state agency enforcement actions, private litigation trends, compliance with environmental regulations, and best practices for addressing these issues to minimize client exposure.

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Outline

  1. Overview
  2. Federal law
  3. State law
  4. State enforcement actions
  5. Administrative litigation
    1. CEQA and other environmental review statutes
  6. Private litigation
    1. RICO
    2. Prop 65
  7. Best practices
    1. Compliance
    2. Litigation
  8. Conclusion

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the primary environmental problems faced by marijuana, hemp and CBD related businesses?
  • What environmental laws govern the cannabis industry?
  • What state agency enforcement actions should counsel to cannabis-related businesses anticipate?
  • What is the role of private litigation under civil RICO and state laws such as California's Prop 65?
  • What are best practices for addressing toxic tort and product liability litigation to mitigate clients' environmental risks?

Faculty

Mettler-LaFeir, Danielle
Danielle Mettler-LaFeir

Counsel
Barclay Damon

Ms. Mettler-LaFeir primarily concentrates her practice on environmental law. She advises energy utilities on complex...  |  Read More

Schoonmaker, Mackenzie
Mackenzie S. Schoonmaker

Principal
Beveridge & Diamond

Ms. Shoonmaker’s practice includes both litigation and regulatory matters arising under FIFRA, the Clean Water...  |  Read More

Strunk, Christopher
Christopher D. (Chris) Strunk

Of Counsel
Beveridge & Diamond

Mr. Strunk has more than 20 years of experience litigating complex environmental and toxic tort disputes. He focuses on...  |  Read More

Welti, Tyler
Tyler G. Welti

Counsel
Venable

Mr. Welti focuses on environmental law matters, drawing on his experience with the U.S. DOJ's Environment and...  |  Read More

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